Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Illustrated by Tony Fucile
I've been a DiCamillo fan for a long time (Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux are two of my favorite young adult books), so I was excited to come across a picture book of sorts written by her and McGhee. I say "of sorts" because it has three chapters, so it doesn't really look like your classic picture book, although it reads like one... albeit a long one. Anyways, Bink and Gollie is a wonderfully sweet and funny story about two friends who love each other, though they might not always agree on everything.
Gollie seems to be a bit older than Bink and more mature. Bink is more of a free spirit, while Gollie is more practical. The dialogue is spot on and their adventures are very endearing. The illustrations have a Sunday funnies feeling about them that make the two friends seem familiar. At the end...I didn't want it to end. I love those two girls. They are, as Bink would say, "marvelous companions".